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The newbie: Parent Me vs. Me Me


By Melissa Walker, who can also be found blogging at melissacwalker.com

Is it me, or does having a child feel like adding a full-time job to your full-time job? I know everyone does it and somehow makes it work… but I’m still trying to figure out how.

As June nears her second year, my life sometimes feels like my own again. She has her schedule and I balance my own work around it with the help of our part-time babysitter. In some ways, it feels like I’ve got my old groove back.

But then there’s the part of me that feels a little lost, like parenting has changed who I am in a fundamental way. I am always thinking of June, planning my time according to what she needs, trying to set up new experiences that will be good for her. The part-time thing has been good for us, but I think I need a couple of full workdays going forward just to keep my brain focused on WORK the way it used to be.

I would love to hear how other parents feel—Does becoming a parent inherently change the way you work?